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Environmental champion Nathaniel Reed dies at 84



WINTER HARBOR — Nathaniel Reed, a summer resident of Grindstone Neck in Winter Harbor and a longtime supporter of the Schoodic Institute, died on July 11 in Quebec City. He was 84.

A prominent environmentalist who championed conservation activities in the Florida Everglades, Reed served as assistant United States secretary of the interior.

He served on the Schoodic Institute’s organizational board from 2004-2008 and remained involved in the institute’s activities until his passing.

His work with environmental conservation began in the 1960s, when he became environmental advisor to former Florida Governor Charlie Kirk. In 1970, Reed was named assistant secretary of the interior for fish, wildlife and national parks by President Richard M. Nixon. In that role he helped draft the Clean Water Act of 1972, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and oversaw the banning of the chemical pesticide DDT. He eventually served as a champion of environmental causes under two presidents and six Florida governors.

Reed also was a involved with the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM).

“Nathaniel Reed was a 20 year member of NRCM and a generous supporter of our work protecting Maine’s environment,” said Lisa Pohlmann, CEO of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “He also served on our National Advisory Board, and helped us on such issues as reopening the St. Croix River to native alewife, salmon and shad migration.”

Lisa added, “Nathaniel would be delighted to know that our NRCM federal team is still fighting to preserve the Endangered Species Act, legislation that he helped craft while serving as deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior and that was passed in 1973.”

Reed is survived by his wife, Alita (Weaver) Pryor, daughter Alita Bohannon, sons Nathaniel Jr. and Adrian, and five grandchildren.

Maxwell Hauptman

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